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How to avoid misleading numbers

Applying a number format to a cell doesn't change the value but only how the value appears in the worksheet. Formatting can play a joke with you, e.g., the sum of values seems incorrect because Excel displays a limited number of decimal places, and their sum is not equal to the real sum.

How to insert functions into formulas

The easiest way to enter a function into a formula is to use the Excel program's Insert Function dialog box.

Adding a background image to the spreadsheet

You can make your Excel spreadsheets more appealing by choosing a graphics file to serve as a background for a spreadsheet similar to the wallpaper that you may display on your Windows desktop.

Starting Excel without an Empty Workbook

If you prefer to avoid the empty workbook to be created when Excel starts up, you can do so by editing the command line that is used to start Excel.

How to change the number of sheets for new workbooks

Excel for Microsoft 365 automatically creates one worksheet in each new workbook, but you can force it to create as many spreadsheets as you need.

Combining text and formatted values

The Excel TEXT function enables you to specify numbers and date format.

Changing a spreadsheet tabs color

Color code is a perfect way to identify content and draw attention to it. In Excel, you can easily change the colors of one or more spreadsheet tabs (see how to group multiple sheets).

AutoCorrect for data entry

You can use Excel's AutoCorrect feature to create shortcuts for commonly used words or phrases.

Locking cells in a spreadsheet

Sometimes you might want to lock cells in your Excel spreadsheet that contain formulas and functions or data. Thus, the person doing the data entry will not accidentally overwrite or delete the spreadsheet formulas and functions or your data.

Paste results into cell without formulas

You may not always want to copy everything from the source cells to the destination cells. For example, you may want to copy only the current values of formulas rather than the formulas themselves.

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